Hallow’s End and MLG Orlando

Hallow’s End Changes

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  • This is the first MLG event with a repeat winner, HuK, who also won the first time Starcraft2 was played in MLG at Raleigh 2010.
  • This is the first MLG event where it was not the winner’s first appearance on the MLG circuit
  • This is the first MLG event since the GSL-MLG Exchange Program began where a Korean has not won.

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Leveling makes you weaker in cataclysm


Leveling makes you “weaker” in Cataclysm
Your primary stats go up, but your combat ratings go down. The reason for this is that those ratings convert to percentages. If you started with say 50% crit chance, and then gained a level and your new gear had say +4% crit chance instead of +2% crit chance, then you’d quickly get to 100% crit and stay there. This was the reason we implemented combat ratings in the first place. (You can blame Blackhand’s Breadth.)

This particularly gets to be a problem when you reach max level. The reason is because you are going to go through several tiers of gear without increasing your character level, so we need to have enough space in the numbers for them to increase. We figure out what the highest say crit and haste chance the game can handle and then work backwards giving each tier a meaningful upgrade (or getting new gear won’t be fun) and that determines the combat ratings on the starting gear.

We definitely understand the confusion / weird perception issues this causes and we’ve talked about some ways to completely revamp the game’s combat equations so that we didn’t need to use percentage-based stats influenced by ratings with diminishing returns. That is too large a change for Cataclysm, but something we might do in the future (when we aren’t also tackling talent and glyph revamps).

Also remember that if you are leveling to 85, you are skipping over a lot of potential quest rewards that you can’t get yet. The item leaps among levels are pretty large at level 80-85, which we had to do to make the upgrades feel meaningful. (Imagine the alternatives where you could go to Twilight Highlands directly from Icecrown and do okay.) Once those quest items are in, you’ll be more powerful as you level.

Stuff to do before Cataclysm

Mounts:
Deathcharger’s Reinshttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=13335
Swift Razzashi Raptorhttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=19872
Swift Zulian Tigerhttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=19902
Fiery Warhorse’s Reinshttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=30480
Winterspring Frostsaberhttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=13086

Items:
Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaroshttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=17182
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseekerhttp://www.wowhead.com/?item=19019

Itemsets:
Nightslayer Armorhttp://www.wowhead.com/?itemset=204

Achivements:
Insane in the Membranehttp://www.wowhead.com/?achievement=2336
Loremasterhttp://www.wowhead.com/?achievement=1681
Classic Raiderhttp://www.wowhead.com/?achievement=1285
Classic Dungeonmasterhttp://www.wowhead.com/?achievement=1283

Most of the old world achievements are being taken out of the game. One that is most talked about is the ” Loremaster ” title achievement will most likely be revamped and be a vanity title. Every raiding title right now will most likely be a vanity title.

Another thing you can do is stock up screen-shots of Azeroth before Deathwing destroys it. The barrens is getting competely changed , it would be nice to have some photos to reminisce on the good ol’ days.

Volley is taken out of the game , Blizzard Powerauras

Your aoe damage will be missed

In the latest build of the beta the hunter spell volley was taken out of the game. There are a couple blue posts to back it up as well.

(And of course when I don’t report a missing skill because I think it’s a bug, it’s actually gone for real)
It’s gone. We want to make Multi-Shot the spell hunters use for AE.

Channeling a spell that makes arrows fall out of the sky doesn’t feel like a hunter ability and doesn’t even really match the name of the spell.

Blizzard powerauras were on display and if have no idea what power auras are I will explain. A power aura is a indicator in the form of an image to help you know when something procs. There are so many other ways it can be used but that is just one example. ( The video is not the best example , but it is the only video available at the moment. )